The Senate Democratic Caucus wrote Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to ask for a vote on a Homeland Security funding bill free of the measures to defund President Obama’s executive amnesties. Sen. McConnell now plans to bring up the House-passed legislation for a vote next week.
The letter was coordinated Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., who had objected to the president’s executive amnesty during her re-election campaign last year. The letter said, “While we agree our current immigration system needs comprehensive reform, including border security enhancements, this appropriations bill is not the place for this debate…In light of recent events in Paris, Ottawa and Australia, the threat of ISIS and the proliferation of foreign fighters that return home radicalized, DHS funding should not be tied to divisive political issues that could jeopardize this critical funding.”
The Senators cite security concerns but do not discuss the threats Americans will face when DHS focuses most of its resources on processing the most massive caseload of applications in history resulting from the president’s executive amnesty. The union chief representing the workers who will process these applications recognizes this threat and said it would lure more terrorists to the U.S.
All members of the Senate Democratic Caucus signed the letter endorsing a clean funding bill. It also rules out passing a series of continuing resolutions, Thos poses a challenge to McConnell who needs the help of at least six Democrats to begin debate on the legislation.
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Updated: Mon, May 15th 2017 @ 4:40pm EDT